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The City in the Middle of the Night

Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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"If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams.... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." 

January is a dying planet - divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. 

But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. 

Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal. 

But fate has other plans - and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.  

©2019 Charlie Jane Anders (P)2019 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"An even stronger novel than Anders’ Nebula Award-winning All the Birds in the Sky; a tale that can stand beside such enduring works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, Frank Herbert’s Dune, and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion." (Booklist, starred review)

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One of the best S-F novels I've ever read!!!

Over the past 60 years, I have read somewhere between 500 and 1,000 science fiction novels. I'm trying to think of the novels that have been better than this one. The only ones that come to mind are the I Robot series and City. This novel is unlike any others that I've ever read. The author has a wonderful imagination and her writing is impeccable. Unfortunately, it ends without ending. Like so many science fiction novels written recently, it seems like a Book 2 is in the works. I certainly hope so.

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